1. Jeta. A prince. Owner of Jetavana, which
he sold to Anāthapindika for eighteen
crores. He then spent all that money on the erection of a gateway at the
entrance, which he decorated with much grandeur (See Jetavana).
Jeta is generally referred to as Jeta-Kumāra. According to the
northern records he was the son of Pasenadi by the Ksatriya princess Varsikā (Rockhill:
He was killed by his half-brother Vidudabha for refusing to help him in his
slaughter of the Sākiyans (Ibid., 121).
Several explanations (MA.i.50; UdA.56; KhpA.111, etc.) are given of his name:
he was so-called either
- (1) because he conquered his enemies, or
- (2) because he was born at a time when the king had overcome his enemies,
- (3) because such a name was considered auspicious for him (mangalakāmyatāya).
2. Jeta. A Pacceka Buddha. M.iii.70.